• Rainbow over Half Dome


    National Park California


One of the best ways to experience Yosemite is by taking a hike. Here are some of hikes available in different areas of Yosemite:


A Few Things to Remember
While Hiking:

  • Stay on trails: taking shortcuts causes trail erosion--and is both dangerous and illegal.
  • Carry (and drink) plenty of water: a leading cause of injuries on the trail is dehydration. Be sure to treat river, stream, lake, or spring water.
  • Pets and bicycles are only permitted on bike paths.
  • Horses and mules have the right of way on trails.
  • Pack out what you pack in.
  • Trails are not maintained nor are they regularly patrolled: travel carefully and at your own risk.
  • Smoking while traveling on trails is prohibited, though you may smoke while stopped except when fire restrictions in effect. (Crush out and dispose of cigarette butts in a trash receptacle.)
Several people hiking down a trail in single file
A group out exploring the park as part of one of Yosemite Conservancy Outdoor Adventures.

Did You Know?

Vernal and Nevada Falls

In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.